Participating on an archaeological excavation is a unique and exciting way to experience history firsthand. For almost four decades, BAS has been connecting volunteers with the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting archaeological excavations in the Near East. A wide variety of people take part in our featured digs, and individuals of many different ages, backgrounds, and cultures have come together to share the thrill of discovery.
Frequently, participants return with much more than just wonderful memories. Many of our volunteers have forged lifelong friendships—some have even met their future spouses while in the field!
Dozens of archaeological digs throughout the Holy Land are looking for volunteers this summer to help them excavate history. Whether you’re interested in the worlds of Kings David and Solomon, want to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and the apostles, or work in an ancient Phoenician city, we’ve got an archaeological dig for you. For each dig, we provide an in-depth description including location, historical and Biblical significance, and what the goals are for the season. You can also learn all about the dig directors and professors who will lead your summer adventure.
Dig Scholarships: The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of BAR, offers dig scholarships of $2,000 each to people who wish to participate in a dig and demonstrate financial need. To apply, send a résumé, cover letter, and full contact information for two references (professional or academic) in one email to [email protected] or by mail to BAS Dig Scholarships, 4710 41st St., NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA. In your letter, explain where and why you want to excavate, and why you should be selected for a scholarship. Priority will be given to first-time dig participants. Applications must be received by March 20, 2020.
Disclaimer: Please note that the Biblical Archaeology Society is not affiliated with any excavations. For questions concerning a particular excavation, please use the contact information provided for each dig.
These digs are ongoing but may not run every season.
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Dig directors, we welcome your submission to include your project in the Find a Dig section of our Web site. Inform our Web readers about your excavation and attract quality volunteers! Please click here to submit your project information and photos by September 15, 2020.
Every summer, people of all ages and from all walks of life volunteer to participate on archaeological digs throughout Israel, Jordan and other parts of the Mediterranean world. Read the dig experiences of the volunteers, all of whom were selected as 2019 BAS Dig Scholarship winners.